Whether you go for a hammock snooze or a family picnic, nothing compares with relaxing on your deck. Wood decking demands constant upkeep—scrubbing, bleaching and staining. Composite polymer decking, on the other hand, lasts longer, stays cooler to the touch and retains its color, all while capturing the warmth of wood. Better still, composite decking helps the environment, keeping about 30 pounds of plastic (usually milk jugs and shopping bags) out of landfills for every 20 feet of decking.
Want a deck with a commanding view of the natural surroundings? This composite deck is ideal for homeowners who want a long-lasting, low maintenance material compared to natural wood. Keep in mind that PVC decks can fade, buckle and harbor mildew after prolonged periods of hot or cold weather. But you can use a manufacturer’s suggested brightener to enhance the appearance and regular cleaning with soap and water will reduce buckling and mildew.
Expand your entertainment options and utilize your underdeck as well as your balcony deck like this example which features a screened-in porch of Tigerwood and composite decking for both levels. To maintain the beauty of composite surfaces, never use acetone or other solvents for cleaning. Warm, soapy water and a soft bristle brush work best. Tigerwood does not require a sealant unless you want to retain the natural color instead of letting it age naturally.
This pool blends seamlessly into its surroundings, with coping aligned flush with composite decking. Beachy blue accents play off the home's coastal style, making the pool area flow with the home's interior.
In this practical dual design you can enjoy both gardening and entertaining on a Trex deck. To help maintain the deck’s attractive, natural appearance, a semi-annual cleaning with a composite deck cleaner is recommended.
This home's steel and composite decking porch, with galvanized pipe and cable railing, connects living spaces to the neighborhood. The outdoor space leads to a weatherproof gathering room, complete with its own direct-vent fireplace.
This rooftop garden features low-maintenance composite decking, a custom-built pergola with string lighting, outdoor kitchen, and gorgeous multi-level plantings. The style is English garden meets city wilds, contrasted against contemporary lines of the furniture.
HGTV Dream Home 2012 houses a private drive that leads to an incorporated garage, clad in fiber cement siding and topped with an asphalt shingle roof. A covered walkway, clad in durable composite decking, connects the garage to the family room.
Using composite decking in a warm hue provides a calm and subtle foundation for this year-round outdoor living space. From bright sunny days to torrential rains, this all-weather decking looks stylish and modern no matter what the forecast calls for.
This composite deck from Fiberon features a darker inlay pattern that defines the outdoor dining area, the same way an outdoor rug would. Accessories provide pops of color to contrast the Fiberon Horizon Dark Walnut composite railing, matching post-sleeve lighting and round black balusters.
Think of your outdoor space as an extension of your home. This thoughtfully designed backyard is an excellent example. Here, a Douglas fir pergola provides structure over the back patio, while the composite decking connects the entries of the house acting as an outdoor hallway.
Visible from the great room and borrowing its cool, calm color palette, the HGTV Dream Home 2012 entertainment deck and fire pit area commands attention. Durable, composite decking serves as the base for this dynamic space, where custom benches and chairs carve out the seating area.
Who said decks had to be square? Today’s trends favor unique shapes and eye-catching board designs (notice the darker inlay in Tudor Brown that highlights the seating area). The variegated streaking of the boards, Fiberon Horizon composite decking in Ipe, gives the space added drama.
With easy access from both the great room and first-floor guest suite, the casual-chic outdoor living room at HGTV Dream Home 2012 invites cozy gatherings. The space features a gas grill, low-maintenance composite decking and aluminum furnishings with cushions in soft, durable fabrics.
Designing a new deck? Consider adding a bump-out or other designated space for your grill. You’ll keep smoke away from seating areas and give the chef some extra elbow room. To make life even easier, install low-maintenance Horizon composite decking from Fiberon, shown here in Castle Gray.